Five years ago when I first started posting Model and Me blog posts here on Styling You, the aim was to show that a garment you might have seen on a model could work on a shorter, non-size-6 woman.
It wasn’t to show that I looked better than the model. It was to show an alternative.
I believed then – and I believe now – that women are crying out for a visual alternative to what the fashion industry offers us.
I’m not saying my alternative is the only alternative. It is just that. An alternative.
I’m a real woman. But so is the model.
It doesn’t matter her size or shape. She is real.
ALL women are real.
The last few weeks, I’ve received well-meant comments saying that it’s great to see a real woman in the clothes I’ve featured.
I’d like to call myself an average Australian woman. I’m average in height – 166cm – and sized 14-16 depending on the cut on the garment.
There are Styling You readers smaller than me; readers the same size and readers bigger than me.
My aim here has always been to celebrate us all.
So today, before making comment about the model and how she compares to me, remember she too is a real woman.
Ok, stepping off the soapbox and back firmly focussed on summer fashion.
LOLA Australia is another label that I first discovered through the wardrobe of Offspring’s Nina Proudman.
Each year since, I’ve loved what the label has produced in a stunning range of cottons and silks.
The pieces – including this navy and white dress – are extremely wearable and suitable for an Australian summer.
I love the shape of this dress. It’s got the flow effect that I love of a summer dress but with a slight shaping under the bust.
This is achieved through both the cut of the pattern and also the placement of the print. An elasticated back ensures a comfortable fit.
It is a shorter style of dress so won’t be to everyone’s taste. For my shorter style sisters, you’ll jump at the opportunity to pick up a summer frock that falls to just the right length.
Wear this dress over your swimsuit with thongs or dress up with wedges for lunch out.
You’ll feel cool AND comfortable – my chief summer wardrobe aims.
Love a cotton summer frock like I do?
* I’m 166cm and usually a size 14-16. This frock was gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here.